Owned by a Notable English Prosecutor [Trials]. [Cobbett, William (1763-1835)]. Howell, Thomas Bayly [1768-1815], Editor. [Howell, Thomas Jones [1793-1858], Editor. Jardine, David [1794-1860], Compiler of Index. A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Year , With Notes and Illustrations. London: Printed by T.C. Hansard, Published by R. Bagshaw [and other publishers], 1816-1828. 34 volumes, complete set. Main text in parallel columns. Complete set. Octavo (9-1/4" x 6"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over pebbled cloth, raised bands, gilt titles and gilt ornaments to spines. Light rubbing to boards, small scuff to front board of Volume 34, moderate rubbing to extremities, occasional light scuffing to spines, corners of several volumes bumped and worn, armorial bookplate of Sir Richard David Muir to front pastedown of each volume. Moderate toning to text, offsetting to margins, light foxing in a few places in some volumes, gift inscription dated 1986 to front free endpaper of Volume 1. $2,000. * Also known as "Cobbett's State Trials," this was the fifth, final and best collection of state trials. It incorporates Francis Hargrave's Collection of State Trials, an eleven-volume collection published between 1776 and 1781. (Hargrave's edition incorporated three earlier collections.) The majority of the cases are from the King's Bench, and many are not reported elsewhere. The coverage is chronological from Thomas Becket in 1163 through 1820. According to Sweet & Maxwell and the Harvard Law Catalogue, the first twelve volumes were compiled by William Cobbett. Wallace and Marvin dispute this claim. They say Cobbett was simply a general editor who hired Thomas Howell and his son to do the actual work. (Howell's son completed the project after his father's death.) Later printings, such as the present set, attribute every volume to the Howells. Sir Richard David Muir [1857-1924] was widely regarded as the greatest Crown prosecutor of his day. He played a prominent role in several sensational trials of the early 20th century, such as the trial of Hawley Harvey Crippen. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) I:960. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the Britis.
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